Ahoy, Great Lakes researchers!

Let COSEE Great Lakes help you reach your audiences. Whether your target is the public, news media, teachers, decision makers or funding agencies, COSEE publications and programs can guide you through the process of making your research compelling, relevant, and easy to understand.

Professional Development

COSEE Great Lakes holds a professional development “School for Scientists” at the annual meeting of the International Association for Great Lakes Research [IAGLR ] in 2007 and 2009. Experienced regional leaders provide information on such questions as:

  • How should I prepare for a presentation at a school?
  • What are those Standards that teachers have to meet?
  • How can I develop an effective statement of “Broader Impact” for my project?
  • How can I engage underrepresented groups in my science?
  • Does writing science for the public have to involve “dumbing it down?”
  • What are funders looking for when they ask for “outreach?”
  • And more!

Join our sessions at IAGLR to meet science communication specialists and discuss your needs.

“Educator House Calls” are a second form of professional development. If there is a group of scientists at your Great Lakes facility who want to reach out to educators and students, COSEE Great Lakes can organize a one-day interactive briefing with teachers in your area. Five teachers will visit to help you get to know about their world: what a school day is like, what standards drive their curriculum, and what their students find interesting. They will want to know about your work, too. After you hear their stories you will see what kinds of information and materials might be useful to them. We hope a “House Call” by educators will give your research group new ideas for how to engage teachers and students in the excitement your science brings.

Opportunities to Engage

Limnolinks is the COSEE Great Lakes program for engaging scientists in educational outreach. We provide limited support (travel and/or registration fees) for scientists to attend and present at national and state education conferences and workshops (e.g., NSTA, NMEA). Interested scientists can also participate in our R/V Lake Guardian Workshops, Lake Exploration Workshops, and Teachable Moments. We can also help you connect directly with local teachers, museums, and other education programs looking for scientists.

Scientists assisting with Lake Exploration workshops provide us with an article about their research, either a manuscript that has been published in a journal or a fact sheet from a communications office. Educators in the workshop read the article before the scientist comes, while the scientist reads an education research article! We ask our educators and scientists to have questions ready for each other so a discussion can happen before any slides are shown!

Aboard the R/V Lake Guardian, scientists can plan to collect their own data during the week-long cruise, but they also involve the participating teachers in the research, from discussion of protocols to data collection and analysis, to discussion of implications and connections with the big picture of lake science. This is a live-in workshop aboard the USEPA/GLNPO 180-ft. research vessel.

Education Research

Mr. Chankook Kim, PhD candidate at The Ohio State University, is working with COSEE Great Lakes Director Rosanne Fortner on baseline research about scientists in education. His study characterizes the cultures of scientists and teachers and identifies their perspectives about collaboration for science education. The research is being reported in journals and meetings of educators and scientists. Watch this space for information on citations when the work is completed.

Scientist assistance from other COSEEs:

Other COSEEs have been in existence longer than our Great Lakes program, and have developed resources that are available for your use. Here are some links to examine:
COSEE Northeast
has a variety of resources and programs to engage scientists in education and public outreach. This site includes a section on Telling Your Story, for scientists going into classrooms.
COSEE California
developed a “Communicating Ocean Science” course that can be taught in other institutions, teaching how to take what you know about aquatic sciences and communicate it to different groups.
Several COSEEs
also worked with The Oceanography Society to develop an EPO (Education and Public Outreach) Guide for scientists, downloadable from www.tos.org/epo_guide .
Mid-Atlantic COSEE
helps guide scientists who are developing Broader Impact statements for NSF and other sponsors of research. Depending on the amount of involvement a scientist seeks, different levels of assistance are offered.
National Academy of Sciences RISE
(Resources for Involving Scientists in Education)